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Musical Pathways Foundation Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: Helping to change the world, one child - one family at a time!

Programs: Kindermusik, Elite Artistry, Parenting Education, Village with Seniors

Community Stories

58 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've never met a group of more caring and knowledgeable educators and professionals! The services they provide the community are priceless. If every parent and child in the world could attend the 1st 7 years of Kindermusik, crime would disappear and productivity and happiness in this world would sore!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways Foundation brings the joy of music and learning together through the magic of Kindermusik. The staff members are warm, knowledgeable and genuine in their love for young children and families. They share endless ideas on how to play/bond with your little one in creative and beneficial ways to ensure full body/ brain development through music and play. You get to take the fun and magic home with you!

Amy_247

Client Served

Rating: 5

I tried two other Kindermusik companies before we tried Musical Pathways. I was shocked at the difference in quality. Musical Pathways is amazing! The teachers are phenomenal. They are well trained and have a strong background in music and the development of the young child. They are not only interested in having fun and passing along a love of music, but are very focused on helping you help your child grow physically and mentally within the classroom and without. I have been so very happy with Musical Pathways and have made many lasting mommy and baby connections. We look forward to not only many more years taking my daughter to Musical Pathways, but future children as well.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing experience! I feel joy every time I enter the school. The brain growth and development for our little ones is truly awesome. I am so lucky to have found them. Who would have thought a simple music class would be so important to brain, language, emotional and physical development. I highly recommend it!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Loved the experience with our kids in the program. All of the teaches are so positive and helpful and truly care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family has been so happy with Musical Pathways and their customer service. They are always willing to help, whether it be to make up a class, make payments, needing extra materials or a shoulder to lean on. What a great experience!!!!

Kinsey S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughters LOVE Kindermusik!! We've been doing it with them since the youngest was 4 months old! The girls look forward to music class!

Not only is Kindermusik amazing for the kids, but I learn more about how their brains process things. It teaches me as well as it teaching them. Not to mention it can be a great work out!

I highly recommend it over other music classes - what is learned for both child and caregiver/parent is priceless.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindermusik Musical Pathways has been an amazing treasure for our family. Not only do my kids enjoy and look forward to their classes, but they have learned immensely. I personally like how they link music education with early childhood learning. The effects of music on our children is amazing! And the Musical Pathways teachers go the extra mile to make each class educational and purposeful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been a life changer for us. We have fun with music, learn all about brain development, have lessons from Conscious Discipline about parenting and connections with other people who are trying their best to raise, kind, happy, well adjusted children who are confident in their own abilities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindermusik is a great opportunity for a child of any age. I noticed my child puts his toys away without a fuss while singing the clean up song. He also enjoys meeting kids his own age.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed music classes with my kids. It is not just about the music, it is about connecting with your child and learning together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel really bonded to my child, thanks to this program! There WONDERFUL!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kiddos love their time with Kindermusik by Musical Pathways, and as a Momma, I see their growth! Not only are they growing musically, but also socially, all while they play. Thank you, Musical Pathways!

Former staff

Rating: 5

I have loved being a part of the Musical Pathways Foundation family as a teacher and as a parent. It's a nurturing, team environment that truly puts children and families above all else. It's just a great community with a team that has a vast knowledge and expertise in music, early childhood development, literacy, and so much more!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have chosen not to overload our children involving them in every activity offered. We have however chosen Kindermusik for each of them over the last 6 years. They are both thriving in their understanding of the curriculum and are both excelling in school. Our son has moved onto Elite Artistry and loves piano. Glad we made once choice that has/can impact so many areas of learning and development.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways takes the high quality Kindermusik curriculum and ramps it up a notch by imparting the educational benefits in a fun and enlightening way. Parents have one on one time with their little ones in class and then get to continue the fun at home with the Home Materials!

Nicole105

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son started Kindermusik with Musical Pathways when he was 2. He is 6 now and we love how this program has impacted his life and ours.. There are programs closer to our home but we choose to travel because this program is AMAZING!

Angela108

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have been a kindermusik parent on and off for about six years, and I LOVE it. Not only has it helped me bond with my children individually, but the teachers and support staff constantly display a level of care and compassion for their students and families that goes beyond what would be expected from a music and movement class. My sons loved their classes, but it is through kindermusik that I am really seeing my daughter shine. She is developing social skills, critical thinking skills, and physical abilities, all through this program. The teachers are well-trained, continually helping us by describing what is happening inside our children's brains as they play. Kindermusik is the best hour of our week!

Kim_161

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former kindergarten teacher, I sit in class with my daughter and I'm blown away! We've been a part of three different classes and teachers and all of them have been top-notch! These are talented and professional teachers who are balancing it all beautifully - classroom management, lessons, parents, siblings, etc. My daughter is learning so many amazing things and she is building confidence in a healthy and fun way!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindermusik by Musical Pathways has been an exciting part of our children's (and our) lives for the past five years. We look forward to going every week to learn, sing, dance and play. Our oldest daughter has done really well in school, in large part because of her Kindersmusik experience. It is great for our kids socially as well. We have learned so much and highly recommend it to any parent with young children. You will enjoy it and be very pleased watching your children grow cognitively and socially.

Ashley111

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love being a part of Kindermusik. My son (13 months) and I enjoy the interaction, education and support the Musical Pathways Foundation offers. We recommend the program to all of our friends.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I just joined the Musical Pathways team this summer. I can not say enough about the caring, energetic, and knowledgeable staff. The unique aspect of this program is that Kindermusik students can continue their music education with the Elite Artistry division- which offers piano, instrumental, and voice private lessons. The students with Kindermusik experience are wonderfully prepared for study of an instrument or voice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love, love, love Kindermusik by Musical Pathways! By daughter looks forward to her music and dancing time on a weekly basis, singing sounds at home along to the CD's always. This is a great program and I suggest the program to many friends with children! Keep up the great work Musical Pathways!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindermusik by Musical Pathways has been an absolutely wonderful blessing to our family. My one daughter has graduated, and my youngest is in her final year. They are such beautiful, outgoing, musical young children and excelling in their academics as well. When I learned of the science behind Kindermusik, and how it helps the brain's neurological pathways connect and develop more successfully, that sealed the deal for this mom. Our home is almost always a musical experience as one or both of them are singing and dancing nearly all of the time, and in the car too! The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable and WONDERFUL with the children, AND the parents! I have learned SO much since starting my girls in Kindermusik and have completely changed my outlook and method of parenting, and it reflects in my girls! Thank you, thank you, Kindermusik by Musical Pathways Foundation!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My girls have been in Kindermusik from Musical Pathways since they were infant & toddler age. My older daughter just graduated last fall, and my younger daughter has 2 years until graduation. Both girls have shown amazing results from their experience. People comment all the time about how happy and well adjusted the girls are. They sing and dance all the time, and get along with everyone. I as a parent have learned so much from the staff at Musical Pathways and the Kindermusik program and am a much better parent because of the teaching I have been offered as a parent.

The staff at Musical Pathways truly believes in their mission to improve the life in families by helping parents AND children. Their dedication and passion shows in every single class, every single interaction and with every single parent and child they encounter. It's truly a gift to be associated with this amazing organization, and I thank my friend Terri for sharing this with me. I in turn have shared with others, and will continue to do so, long after my children have graduated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has high function autism and is an amazing kid, but sometimes struggles in big group settings. This program (Kindermusik) has been such a gift to our family. Our 7 year old has enjoyed years of serious musical education while being encouraged and challenged. It is so positive that our whole family looks forward to these special nights. I can't say enough about the staff and teachers. It is a wonderful program!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a BIG fan of Musical Pathways Foundation for more than 5 years now... I have 2 children that are in their Kindermusik program - My daughter is now 6 yrs old and started classes when she was a little more than 1 year old, and my son has been in the program for the past 3 years, ever since he was just 8 weeks old :) Musical Pathways has made a huge impact in our lives as parents. We have learned so much about child development from all of the helpful information they provide and explain during the Kindermusik classes. We have also been blessed to be able to take part in their Parent Education courses (Conscious Discipline) over the past 4 years. Musical Pathways is truly a wonderful organization with Educators who care deeply about all of the Parents and their Children (the clients they serve.) I also really like that they put the profits right back into the organization in order to help those who are less fortunate to be able to experience their Kindermusik program, (which helps to develop all 6 regions of the child's brain - cognitive, language/speech, social, physical, emotional, and musical development.)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindermusik classes at Musical Pathways Foundation (MPF) are the best thing I have ever done for (and with) my children. A friend whose child had been in it for about a year recommended it, so I started my daughter Clare in classes right then, when she was 15 months old. The activities in the weekly Kindermuisk classes at MPF foster nurturing and bonding between me and my daughter, but at the same time she has fun, while the activities & curriculum provide learning opportunities in the areas of cognitive, physical, emotional, language, and musical development. Throughout each year of her classes, Clare easily learned many skills that have proven important for achieving success in school. Clare is now 5 yrs old and received her first report card. She excelled in every aspect of social and emotional development as well as mathematical development. Her teacher told me that Clare listens well, shows empathy, and had good self discipline skills. I know for a fact that she learned all of these valuable skills at Musical Pathways Foundation. My son Jack is also in the Kindermusik program at MPF, we started when he was two months old. I love being able to bond with him in such a warm and caring classroom environment. He enjoys the take-home instruments, books, and cds that give us a chance to play and learn more together at home, in between our weekly classes. I also appreciate the weekly e-newsletter that MPF also sends, which has helpful child development information for all ages and stages. MPF is such an important part of our lives, and brings our family so much joy, that I highly recommend it to anyone who has children! ALSO, because of all of my positive experiences with MPF over the past 5 years, I choose to help out the Foundation by volunteering my time to help coordinate as well as work at their annual Fundraising events.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started to take my daughter to Kindermusik last winter. She stays home with me, so in other classes we'd been to she took a little longer to warm up to new people and new activities. Betsy was amazing at making my daughter and I feel comfortable. She even gave me ideas as a parent how to tailor what we were learning in class to my daughter's learning style.

Now, when we go to Kindermusik, my daughter gets so excited and starts to dance around the room. She picks up anything I put into a song so quickly. It is so amazing, I feel like Kindermusik is helping me give my daughter what will hopefully be a life long love of learning by making it FUN!

This is an amazing program that I would tell any parent to try. This team really gives you the tools to help your child enjoy music, dancing and reading!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways has been wonderful for me and my family! Just a wonderful and positive program. The teachers are really knowledgeable and always willing to help. I know I can count on their help when I am in need.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a joy Musical Pathways has been to our family! Love all of the teachers with their wisdom and understanding of children, music and learning. It has been a true blessing to have Musical Pathways in our lives!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways Foundation is an exceptional organization. I have had the opportunity to work with Betsy Flanagan and also experience her dynamic teaching style as well as her expertise in the field of music for young children. As a Director of a large studio program myself, I am impressed with her knowledge, her thorough approach, and the care she takes for not only the students and families in her program but her team of dedicated teachers.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about the staff at Musical Pathways. They are the utmost professionals. They care about the well being of their clients - adults and children. They are exceptionally knowledgeable in their field of early childhood music and can only help those that come through their doors with valuable education and benefits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways is an exceptional Kindermusik program. We have been attending classes through Musical Pathways since 2005. My oldest child has graduated from Kindermusik and my youngest is now in her final year of Kindermusik. This program has played a key role in my children's development - musically, socially, and academically. Additionally, the child development information I learned from Musical Pathways has made me a better parent.

Thank you Musical Pathways for providing top-notched service and most importantly for truly loving all of your families. This is an outstanding program that I would recommend to all families.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways Foundation, Inc is an exceptional Kindermusik program and music school. Director, Betsy Flannagan has been unwavering in providing the highest quality Kindermusik experience for each family who participates in Musical Pathways programs. She is dedicated to ongoing professional development for herself and her staff.

Besides offering music programming for children and families, Musical Pathways Foundation goes out of its way to educate parents and caregivers in all aspects of child development.

As a Kindermusik Studio owner who has had the opportunity to coach and evaluate programs around the world I can unequivocally recommend the Musical Pathways Foundation for their outstanding programing and gigantic heart for sharing music with their community.

Michelle158

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A top-notch organization--compassionate, professional and truly caring of every child and family.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at Musical Pathways foundation is friendly, caring, and professional. They treat children with care, love, and respect. They are truly experts in their field.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been in Kindermusik since he was about 9 mo. and is now 3yrs and 8mo. We have seen a lot of changes in him and he loves to interact with the other kids and his teachers. He has learned some signing and the class has helped him and us in so many behavioral ways. The teachers always try to help us learn more. The music makes it so fun for the kids and seeing our son grow and learn is exciting. i have even asked for advise outside of class and always have gotten so much out of it. The teachers are so involved in the kids and family. They give up their own time to help us in many ways & they make us feel so cared for. It has been a great experience for the whole family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been going here for Kindermusik for almost a year now. She is 16 months old and absolutely loves it! We both look forward to coming each week. She has benefited so much from these classes. Miss Betsy is absolutely wonderful!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my daughters are enrolled in Kindermusik by Musical Pathways and both have grown tremendously in their social, physical, and mental capacity as a result. They look forward to going to class and it is something that we enjoy doing as a family. I love to hear them singing their songs and repeating words and actions from class at home. My older daughter took a semester break from Kindermusik class to take ballet and she requested to go back to music class. How can you say no to that? We've also developed great child and parent relationships through our classes, which is so valuable for everyone at this stage. Worth it!!!!

Stacey A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started one of my twins at musical pathways when he was 8 months old because he hated swim lessons. We started the other 3 months later when we noticed that Daniel was excelling in his language. Both boys are almost 2.5 and look forward to kindermusik every week. They love their teacher and everyone is great to work with! I drivea hour to get there every week, twice a week and I hate driving so that says a lot!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started my daughter in Kindermusik by Musical Pathways before she turned 2 and I couldn't believe the outstanding changes I saw in her. The amount of things she learned in just a couple of classes was incredible!! She was easily recognizing patterns and the little tips and tricks the instructors showed me helped immensely with her listening skills! The best part is that she has no idea she is 'learning' to her...it is just playing with her friends!

Tiffani H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my daughters were/are in Kindermusik with Musical Pathways and both started at 2 months old. My oldest graduated from the program last spring and she is now taking piano lessons. Her piano teacher recently told her she is twice as far as the rest of her students; now THAT is definitely a success from Kindermusik! My youngest looks forward to her "special hello" each week and talks about class all week long. I love the staff and teachers and try to help them out any chance I can get. We love Musical Pathways!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our child has taken music classes through Musical pathways for the past several years. I truly believe in this program and its educators. My child can keep a beat and sing a tune much better than i ever could but it goes beyond that. This program has developed my child's listening skills and overall attentiveness. His excellent behavior and learning in Elementary school is partly due to Musical Pathways. He is attentive, he knows what using listening ears really is about - really engaging in what the teacher or activity is offering. The educators are so knowledgable and professional as well. They have helped my child be who he is today! I can't get enough of this program!

Kelly B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both of my boys have been in Kindermusik since they were 3 months old. One is now 4 years old and the other almost 2 years. They have rhythm, love to dance and LOVE Music!! And one of the best parts is that Kindermusik teaches us as parents how to be even better parents. It's wonderful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is almost three, has an outstanding imagination, loves to sing and knows words like Pygmy Marmoset.

We THANK Kindermusik for helping us to encourage this level of development and for the support in raising a happy child!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is learning a lot more from Kindermusik than I would have expected. Not only is she discovering music and movement, she is also developing important life skills like listening and self-control. We are very happy with our experience and plan to continue attending Musical Pathways for as long as possible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I LOVE MUSICAL PATHWAYS!! the teachers are amazing. They have completely transformed the way in which I thought children were supposed to be raised. They approach each child as a unique individual and help each parent learn and grow with their child. They spend as much time as you request discussing topic after topic.

Amy P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways Foundation has changed my life in so many ways. I wish I would have had the opportunity to have my children involved in the program. Thank goodness my grandchildren have that opportunity.

Musical Pathways Foundation uses the Kindermusik International curriculum and has been awarded the Conductors Circle Maestro award, which is the highest recognition awarded by Kindermusik International. This award recognizes the top 1% of all programs internationally.

I have only been involved with the foundation for a couple of years, but I have already seen how it can affect they daily dynamics of so many families. It is truly amazing to watch these parents/grandparents play with their children in ways that maximize their cognitive, physical, social, emotional and language development. I wish every child had the opportunity to be in Kindermusik by Musical Pathway and the Elite Artistry studio by Musical Pathways.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My kids are 4 and 8. My son started taking Kindermusik as a 9 month old baby and has taken it every semester since. My daughter started with Musical Pathways at age 3 and took several classes. I've been impressed with the creativity, musicality, and new ideas with how to work with our children and enjoy music together. Miss Betsy offered a Conscious Discipline class which was very helpful for many parents. She recently created Elite Artistry for older, continuing music students (age 7 - adult). My daughter recently started taking piano lessons through Musical Pathways and is enjoying her experience. Every class with Musical Pathways brings some new ideas that we can bring home and have fun with.

Katie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Musical Pathways has been a part of our life since our oldest was less than one year old. We now have 2 children in the program and not only has it helped them to flourish musically, but in every other way as well. The Kindermusik classes they teach are really not "just another music class"...they are helping my children develop their emotional intelligence, their bodily awareness, their gross & fine motor, their self confidence...I could go on and on. I can't say enough about Musical Pathways!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of 2 Musical Pathways students. We LOVE the program. When our youngest was a toddler, we were amazed at how quickly he picked up on the lessons. Before we knew it, he was saying the word "high" in a high pitch and "low" in a deep voice. We knew we would enroll our youngest as well. He enjoys the interaction with the other students, is learning to share and take turns. We are having a wonderful time in class, and taking the fun songs home. And he is in love with Miss Amy. She is wonderful with the little ones! Our little guy lays on his back and takes his legs up and down just like Miss Amy does, and he looks at us with a big smile on his face as he sings "up/down" in rhythm. The great thing is that he really understand the concept and says up on each step going up and down as he climbs down the stairs. Our 4yr old is enjoying class with Miss Ann. She captures his attention and gets him to focus during class. I appreciate that she gives the children choices, and I know find myself giving him the same kind of choices at home. "It's time to get dressed, you can pick out your clothes, or I can."
I love the singing and movement that we do in class, but I really value that my children & I are learning how they learn, and they are learning self-control...when it's time to stop dancing, singing or playing. Oh, and another great benefit is the clean-up song! We sing that at home all the time and they know that it's time to put toys away---how great is that for 2 little boys?

Lindsay L.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working directly with Betsy Flanagan, who runs Musical Pathways Foundation. Her commitment to not only children, but everyone who touches children's lives, is unparalled. Betsy is an inspiration, a very genuine, loving person, and a brilliant connector -- precisely the kind of person with whom any child would be lucky to come into contact. Any parent or lover of children would be well-advised to jump at the chance to cross support her work to better children's lives.

Musical Pathways Foundation

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Developmental programs for children of all ages for years, and have taught i the public school system and at colleges and universities. This foundation has the most complete developmental offerings for both parents and children that I have ever encountered. They offer Kindermusik, a whole-child development program, for parents with children ages 0-7, and the way the Foundation offers this programming goes above and beyond a typical Kindermusik class - it is a one-stop shop for early childhood developmental questions and play. Elite Artistry is the division of the Foundation dedicated to nurturing students in a private studio format, but again following the child to develop a life-long love of the instrument vs. an early childhood experience only. Elite Artistry is for ages 7 to adult - it's never to late to develop your love of music. Lastly, the Foundation offers parent study clubs on topics such as Conscious Discipline. What a benefit to be able to discuss and enjoy learning how we can best incorporate discipline with our children. Priceless!

Amber L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kindermusik has been so much more than a music class for my 4-year-old son. He's been in class for 2 years, and these are just some of the skills he has learned: how to get along with other kids in a cooperative setting; inhibitory control (learning that if you stop doing something fun now, the toy or activity will come back later); tempo of music, and that it can change; how to move his body to music; imagination and story-telling ability; personal confidence; a love of music and singing.

Musical Pathways, specifically, is so engaged that I can hardly believe it. Every week we receive a detailed email, telling parents what skill your child is learning that specific week. Often, it's not obvious from the class activities - it just looks like pure fun! But the email will tell us what social, spatial reasoning, singing, self-control, imaginative skill that we are building this week. The emails also detail where we are in the developmental continuum over the 7 years that Kindermusik is available to each child.

For me as his mother, Kindermusik has literally changed the trajectory of my parenting. I have learned how to let go of the tension of wondering why he is not at a certain milestone that I make up in my head. Instead, I learn to meet David where he is at the moment, engage with him in a fun and playful way, and then guide him to whatever the activity is that I want him to try. I use this approach every day in my parenting, as well as giving choices, i.e. "Do you want to put your coat on upstairs, or downstairs?" as opposed to "Get ready to go now! I told you a thousand times!" I have also learned that music education is a journey worth savoring, and that the most important element of any education is teaching kids to LOVE learning.

Kindermusik is an experience that every, and I do mean, every parent of a young child should invest in. It will change your family for the better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Class is a lot of fun for my toddler - a great social activity for him. I've watched him develop over the course of a year and a half. He has an appreciation for music, he loves to dance and just started singing, too. He loves the music (provided to participants on CD) that accompanies the class - more than most of the adult music I play. Some of the songs are sung by children, and I think he relates to that. Songs or rhymes sometimes involve silly noises, which are a big hit at his current age.

As a new parent, I appreciate learning rhymes and songs I can continue to sing to/with my child. Some of the songs I had forgotten from childhood - the reminder was helpful.

I can't say enough about the opportunities this organization provides children and parents to experience music.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our kids have been in Kindermusik classes for 6+ years and it has been an amazing experience! The instructors are phenomenal and our kids have always looked forward to their classes. Miss Betsy is a true leader and we have always been impressed with her dedication and commitment to providing the best possible educational environment for all her students.